How our personalities change over time

I took a personality test this morning. Actually, I took two, from two different sites with different questions. Both were based on the Meyers-Briggs test.

I was shocked by the assessment for two reasons:

1) I scored the exact same on each test: INFJ

Introvert(33%)  intuitive(12%)  Feeling(62%)  Judging(1%)
  • You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (33%)
  • You have slight preference of Intuition over Sensing (12%)
  • You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)
  • You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)

2) When I took this test in my early twenties, I was labeled as an extrovert.

Isn’t that strange? The test also suggested that I would make a good author. haha.

In my early 20’s I was definitely more outgoing. I sold insurance and then advertising, so I was required to be a “go-getter”. I’d stand in front of rooms full of people and give presentations or walk into strangers homes and businesses to sell them things. I wanted to climb to the top of the ladder back then, and I HAD to be an extrovert to do it. I’m not so sure that I actually WAS an extrovert or just pretending to be one.

Either way, now that I’m in my 30’s I definitely see myself withdrawing a little–not because I feel shy–but because I value privacy and peace. I like being by myself, and when I have to be surrounded by a lot of people, I feel drained afterwards. It always takes me a few days of being alone to recharge and feel normal again.

It’s interesting how we change and grow through different phases of life. While my extroverted 20’s were fun, I much prefer the stability of my introverted 30’s.

Take the test yourself. You can find them here:

Human Metrics Personality Test

SimilarMinds Personality Test

 

 

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